21 January 2009

HOW-TO: Another 7 Reasons to Learn the Chinese Squat Toilet

We were designed to squat for bodily functions, including childbirth. It only seems uncomfortable because we have been alienated from our natural habits.

1. Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete. This helps prevent "fecal stagnation," a prime factor in colon cancer, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease.

2. Protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.

3. Securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation, contaminating the small intestine.

4. Relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.

5. Uses the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining. Chronic straining on the toilet can cause hernias, diverticulosis, and pelvic organ prolapse.

6. A highly effective, non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids, as shown by published clinical research.

7. For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare the mother-to-be for a more natural delivery.

Here are some humorous advices for learning how to do it: http://www.worldhum.com/features/how-to/use_a_squat_toilet_20060923/

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20 January 2009

QQ 2009 for Linux, Mac, iPhone, and Windows Updated!

According to the Lost LaoWai Blog, the Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows versions of QQ were updated to 1.0 Beta 1 within the last day. Here are the links:
Also this month TenCent's QQ forum for international users was opened up at http://www.IMQQ.com.

QQ is also available for the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch version 1.2.

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14 January 2009

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free... Just not now!

Whatever happened to "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"?

I find out today that after the paperwork in America is done for my wife's spouse immigration visa, that the wait in the American Consulate in GuangZhou is currently 120 days. 4 MORE MONTHS! Then after her interview, it will take about 2 weeks for her to be mailed her visa and then she can make a flight booking.

So it is going to be until September at the earliest before she can be here. All in the name of national security! For the record we filled out the paperwork the day after we were married, which was 08-08-08. Very frustrating to me!

06 January 2009

HOW-TO: Call to China or from China to your home country on your mobile phone for free!

As you probably know, to call China, usually you need to dial the International access code of 001 in America followed by the country code of +86 then your friend's full phone number. But this is a very expensive call. Usually $2.00 a minute or more from your mobile phone!

But there is a way to make it cost very little or even free! No computers, downloads, or phone cards necessary. Just dial and talk internationally and pay local rates! How does it work? You give RebTel the phone number of someone you call in China or any other country, and RebTel give you a local number for them. Save this number on your mobile so you can call your friend whenever you want at the local rate. And the best thing is this: It will appear that your call is from a local number and your friend can call that number back to reach you for free!

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This will also be a very convenient and inexpensive way for my wife to call her family in China once she is living in America!

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02 January 2009

A Travel 2.0 Chinese Love Story

I was honored to be interviewed by Winser Zhao of Sino Hotel Reservations' China Travel 2.0. If you would like to read the story about how we met, and about his telling of Fei and I, you can read it at http://www.sinohotelreservation.com/winser/?p=499.

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